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Farncombe Hall, Godalming, Surrey

From 21st April 1945 until 30th September 1948, Farncombe Hall on Hurtmore Road (now Farncombe Hill), near Godalming, was certified for use as Junior Approved School for girls under the age of 15.

In June 1947, the Hall also became a Barnardo's home for girls with special needs.

The location of the home is shown on the 1916 map below.

Farncombe Hall site, Godalming, c.1916.

The home was closed in April 1951. The building was subsequently converted to flats but no longer exists. Hall Close now covers the site.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)